Building a Flexible, Robust Manufacturing Network
The Request For Discovery (RfD) process: A breakthrough technology that significantly improves the Supplier Discovery process.
Over the last decade, computers and the Internet have revolutionized supply chain management. This has resulted in the rise of dynamic supply networks. A great deal of reseach has gone into documenting and modeling successful supply networks as they arise in many manufacturing fields. >>>More
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's) create and manage manufacturing supply networks every day. They select potential suppliers, release requests for qualifications (RFQs) and request for proposals (RFPs), evaluate responses, and grant contracts. As established as this process is, it has systemic inefficiencies. >>>More
Effective suppliers sit at the heart of all successful supply chains. These suppliers need to have the right technology, knowledge, and skills to rapidly and cost-effectively produce products for the OEM’s. >>>More
The challenge then is how to effectively and efficiently identify new potential suppliers for manufacturers. Specifically, this supplier discovery matchmaking must:
Supplier Discovery Map
Currently, there are over 150 suppliers and manufacturers in the Supplier Discovery database. Current Supplier Discovery Participants.
Sourcing in 5 Minutes
There are many reasons to be looking for new suppliers - making the supply chain more local. This video demonstrates how quite and easy the Supplier Discovery platform make the finding qualified candidates. And, this is accomplished without exposing any intellectual property about your part.
Video Demonstration of Supplier Discovery in 5 Minutes.
VIDEO IS FIRST ROUGH CUT WITHOUT NARRATION. HOWEVER, THE COMPLETE SUPPLIER DISCOVERY PROCESS IS PRESENTED.
Beginning in 2009, NVA250, REA250, and SQI,Inc. came together to pilot the RfD process in Nevada. The Nevada Small Business Development Center and the Northern Nevada SCORE Chapter at the University of Nevada, Reno are critical partners in this process. The Department of Commerce provided initial funding. Several corporate partners are now collaborating in the development of the next stages of our Supplier Discovery process.
A core concept of the RfD technology is ability to organize the vast array of manufacturing processes into a hierarchy (taxonomy) that classifies the processes into similar groups. The classification starts from the broadest differences in processes - shaping or nonshaping) - and continues through many levels. >>>More
What is a Request for Discovery?
This RfD process takes place prior to the development of non-disclosure agreements. Most importantly, the RfD process complements and augments existing Request for Proposals (RFP) and Request for Quote (RFQ) processes.
The discovery process is conducted at the manufacturing process level. The suppliers present the process they are capable of performing and associated aspects such as max geometry limits within a database. The OEM defines process needed for a particular part.
The system then searches for matches and ranks potential suppliers. (Other requirements such as certification and proximity are also addressed within the process.) Benefits are speed, efficiency, and secrecy. The OEM can find potential new suppliers without having to exchange any design data or even let the suppliers know they are looking. >>>More
The RfD supplier discovery process provides an excellent platform to organize and market regional manufacturing bases. This approach is supported by the most recent Brookings Mountain West and SRI, International report, Unify, Regionalize, and Diversify. A recommended target opportunity for economic development is the organizing and marketing of the manufacturing base in Nevada (page 33).
A Thank You to Local Manufacturing Suppliers
Nearly 150 manufacturing suppliers have lent their time and information to our prototyping the RfD and search process within the eResource Center. As we continue the design process, each will have a profile page that will be available to be matched with OEM projects.
A special thank you goes out to the retired executives of the Northern Nevada SCORE Chapter who continue to provide valuable insights and outreach for REA250.
Please click here to view the list of participants. SupplierDiscovery/List of Participating Manufacturing Suppliers.
Discrete Component Manufacturing in Nevada
Supplier Discovery Individual
JN 1.0 Release
Public Analytics - Process Tree "Cloud"
Public Analytics - Process Cloud
New Supplier Discovery Site
Supplier Discovery Geo-Locations